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Moral Philosophy AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

The course divides into two sections, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The course is certificated as ‘Religious Studies’ although no prior religious or moral beliefs are expected nor any one view promulgated.

Course content

What you will be studying on the course

The topics covered include the following:

  • Ethical Theory will look at various religious and non-religious attempts to define ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and how we apply them to real life. We will examine the concept of the conscience and whether human beings have free will.
  • Applied Ethics will investigate how ethical theories actually operate in specific situations. These can range from medical issues through to censorship.
  • Existence of God. Students will consider both classical and modern arguments for and against the existence of a supreme being and the question of why evil exists in the world.
  • There will be a brief look at the foundations of the beliefs in western society focusing on Greek philosophy and the Judeao Christian tradition.
  • Religious language experience will be investigated, looking at how we know things to be true and how we can express what we know.
  • The relationship between religion, science and philosophy will be explored. Looking at the mind/brain problems and ideas about life after death.

Students will be expected to make connections between different parts of the course. The skills that will be developed during the course are: analysis, organisation, evaluation and communication (both written and oral).

Entry requirements

B or above in any Humanities subject and English Language or Literature.


Assessment will be by examination. Essay writing is an essential skill in all of these examinations. Extended reading and essay writing are essential aspects of the course.

Future opportunities

The course encourages students to think in an ordered and logical manner about the ‘ultimate questions’ and to consider responses from a wide range of philosophers and thinkers. It will help students to develop a range of skills such as essay writing, planning, analysis, evaluation and higher order thinking. These skills are transferable. The subject is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravens Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years